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  1. Can You Floor-Mount a Mini Split?

    Can You Floor-Mount a Mini Split?

    You’re very gung-ho about the idea of getting a ductless mini split system installed in your home. You’re especially looking forward to saving more money each month on your utility bills since mini splits are so energy efficient. Yet one area you’re struggling with is where to mount the indoor air-handling units. If possible, you don’t really want the units on the walls or ceilings of your home, as you think their presence detracts from the beauty of the rooms.

    One idea you’ve had is to get your air-handling unit floor-mounted, but you’re not sure if that’s even a possibility. We’ll explore the idea of floor-mounted mini splits in detail below so you can decide whether this is the best installation option for you.  It’s important to note before we proceed however that a “Hiwall” mini split (the one’s sold on cannot be installed on the floor, there are special indoor units made for floor-mounts that come in only certain capacities.  Before deciding to do a

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  2. How Long Have Mini Splits Been Around?

    How Long Have Mini Splits Been Around?

    You’re very appreciative of the ductless mini split system installed in your home now, but have you ever taken a minute to stop and think of how ductless technology has evolved over the years? If not and you’re interested in learning more, you’ve come to the right place. In today’s post, we’ll go over the fascinating history of ductless mini splits.

    Air Conditioning History

    We can’t properly talk about the origins of ductless mini splits without first discussing where air conditioning comes from. It’s believed that in prehistoric times, the Ancient Egyptians had some form of air conditioning, mostly passive AC. Passive air conditioning controls heat gain to increase cooling without using much energy. That’s right, the Ancient Egyptians were eco-friendly!

    Their means of cooling became famous in prehistoric Northern India, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Iberian Peninsula. It wasn’t until the 20th century that passive cooling was repla

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  3. Can You Paint a Mini Split?

    Can You Paint a Mini Split?

    It’s been a few years since you’ve gotten your mini split system installed, and you’re quite happy with how comfortably heated and cooled your home is. You also love saving money on your energy bills. You’ve been thinking of repainting your living room for a while now, but you keep putting it off. You have an indoor air-handling unit installed in there, and you’re not sure if you can paint over it. Can you?

    That depends! If your air-handling unit has a removable plastic cover, then there’s no reason why you couldn’t take the cover off and paint it to match the new color of your walls. However, you will have to shop for separate paint than what you used for the walls. Most paints can leave obvious brush marks on the plastic or smear before they dry, ruining the application.

    You’ll need spray paint such as Rust-Oleum Universal Spray Paint or Krylon Paint + Primer. We’d recommend choosin

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  4. Mini Split Concrete Pad Sizing

    Mini Split Concrete Pad Sizing

    One of the most important parts of your ductless mini split system is the compressor or condenser. This outdoor component contains the refrigerant that converts the air to the appropriate temperature so it can pump through the indoor air-handling unit. At the time of mini split installation, your technician will likely recommend a concrete pad to put your compressor on. This is also known as an air conditioning pad.

    Although it seems like something basic and thus skippable, this concrete pad is very beneficial. The pad prevents the compressor from rattling and vibrating when the ductless mini split system is on and running. This movement can wreck internal compressor components that can shorten the life of your mini split system. Long before that happens, the rattling and/or buzzing that the shifting compressor makes can drive you nuts.

    The compressor pad keeps insects and other critters from being able to easily access your mini split system. The pad also prevents the compressor

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  5. What Is Mini Split Inverter Technology?

    What Is Mini Split Inverter Technology?

    Staying current on your ductless mini split options helps you make educated decisions about what’s the best heating and/or cooling solutions for your home or business. In today’s post, we want to discuss mini split inverter technology, which could be just what you’ve been looking for.

    We’re all obsessed with smart technology today, right? We’re always on our smartphones where we can talk to Siri and get weather updates or even hear a funny joke. Smart thermostats let us set the temperature in our home with a voice command and smart TVs can flip from channel to channel via your control. Why not smart ductless mini splits as well?

    Ductless mini split inverter technology is indeed smart. This allows the heating and cooling unit to gauge what level of comfort you need and then work internally to remain at that temperature or very close to it. How? The ductless mini split will either speed up or slow down the converter depending on how close your home or commercial business

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  6. How Are Mini Splits Rated?

    How Are Mini Splits Rated?

    You want an efficient mini split that won’t raise your monthly utility bills too high. What kind of mini split rating should you seek?

    To ensure your ductless mini split system works as efficiently as possible, you need to check its SEER rating.

    SEER? What is that? It’s an acronym that’s short for seasonal energy efficient ratio. Created in 2008 by the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute or AHRI, many HVAC systems use SEER, not only mini splits.

    The SEER rating of a ductless mini split system tells you how well the heating pump and air conditioner work depending on the season. To deduce that efficiency, you take the mini split’s summertime cooling output and divide it by how much energy it uses during the same season.

    Your current air conditioner has a SEER rating, although it’s probably not a very good one. This is one of those instances where lower numbers represent less efficient units and higher numbers are for more efficient units.

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  7. Do Mini Splits Use Freon?

    Do Mini Splits Use Freon?

    Part of your ductless mini split’s maintenance entails the unit being refilled with a cooling fluid in case there is a leak in the system, if not, then there is no need to replace or refill the refrigerant in the system. You wonder if that fluid happens to be freon. In today’s post, that’s exactly what we’re going to discuss. Keep reading!

    What Is Freon?

    Freon might sound like a chemical compound on the periodic table of elements, but it isn’t. Instead, it’s a coolant product that’s owned by The Chemours Company. Freon is halocarbon-based and is used as an aerosol propellant or refrigerant. These freon products encompass chlorodifluoromethane and/or chlorofluorocarbons.

    You most often hear of freon in air conditioning systems. When poured into the air conditioner, the freon acts as the element who transports heat from the indoor unit on to the outdoor unit on the cooling mode, and from the outdoor unit on to the indoor unit on the heating mode.

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  8. Do Mini Splits Use Gas?

    Do Mini Splits Use Gas?

    If you have a furnace installed in the basement of your home, it uses one of three power sources: electricity, gas, or induction, which is an electricity-based source of heating that also involves metal. Older furnaces will run on gas, which is disadvantageous for several reasons.

    For one, gas heating is no longer the most efficient means of heating and hasn’t been for a while. Second, a gas furnace increases your risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be deadly. Unless you have a carbon monoxide detector in your home, you’d have no way of knowing you’re breathing in this gas since it lacks color and smell.

    You’ve been wanting to get rid of your old furnace anyway for a few other reasons, mostly since it costs you so much on your monthly utility bills. You were thinking of making the move to a ductless mini split system, but you’re concerned these units use gas as well. Is that the case?

    No, it isn’t. Instead of relying on the old standby that is gas, ductle

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  9. Choosing the Best Location For a Mini Split

    Choosing the Best Location For a Mini Split

    You’re happy with your decision to get a ductless mini split system, but the question becomes where the indoor air-handling units will go. You’re also not sure where on your property the outdoor compressor or condenser should be installed.

    We’re here to make these decisions easier. Keep reading for tips on deciding where to home the components of your ductless mini split-system.

    Considerations for the Compressor

    The outdoor compressor usually goes in the backyard of a home, but not always. It’s ideal if you have an area of concrete or hard ground for the compressor. If you don’t, then your technician will suggest pouring a concrete pad instead. This will take more time and add to the expense of your ductless mini split system installation.

    The compressor must be able to operate unobstructed, so putting it near any obstacles is not recommended. Whether that’s your home’s sidewall, a pile of stones or branches, or another outdoor feature, thes

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  10. Are All Mini Splits Ductless?

    Are All Mini Splits Ductless?

    On this blog, we talk primarily about ductless mini split systems. Are those the only type of mini splits out there or can you shop ducted varieties as well?

    Yes, of course you can. In today’s post, we’ll discuss ducted mini splits in more detail and then contrast them to ductless mini splits. You won’t want to miss it!

    What Are Ducted Mini Splits?

    Ducted mini splits are not quite like the ducted heating or air conditioning solutions you might have installed in your home at current. Rather, they take the operational capacity of mini splits and add ductwork. This means you get energy efficiency compared to using ducted heating and cooling.

    Ducted mini splits consist of indoor air-handling units.  The evaporator is kept in its own container up in the attic or in a rarely-used closet. The last component is the compressor or condenser just like what you have in a ductless mini split system.

    The compressor sends refrigerant or co

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